The students in CBC Prep School were recently fortunate enough to attend the open day in Collins Barracks during Cork Rebel Week 2013. The open day celebrated General Michael Collins’ birthday.
The students had the opportunity to see first-hand a range of rare armoured fighting vehicles from 1922 including the Slieve na mBan. The Military Units of Collins Barracks displayed present day equipment, used both at home and in overseas deployments including Combat Support Equipment, Explosive Ordnance Equipment, as well as DF Transport Fleet vehicles. A Military Pipe Band also performed on the day.
The new Junior Infants class assembled this morning and the momentous occasion was recorded by TV3 and the Irish Independent. To view the TV3 news item, go to CBC on TV3.
TV3 Cameraman films in the Prep School yard, joined by his colleague from the Irish Independent, recording the new Junior Infants first day in school.
New Prep School boys enjoy their first experience of class work in CBC
The passes by quickly with interesting jobs to do such as colouring
The weather did not disappoint today, though rain was forecast. The boys enjoyed a full range of sporting events, including the novelty race for Sixth Class boys. Picture shows some of the proud Mums watching the race.
The proud Mums watch the novelty race
Third and Fourth Class set off by bus from the school at 7.00am this morning, accompanied by two teachers and three parents. Their destination was Dáil Éireann and the National Museum. The group is pictured below with Prep School past pupil Mr Dara Murphy TD who met them at the Dáil.
Third and Fourth Class at Dáil Éireann this morning with Mr Dara Murphy TD
Despite the bad weather on Sunday, the Christmas Fair was very well attended. From twelve noon, right through to the closing time of 5pm, a steady stream of visitors came along to buy, visit Santa or get a ride on the pony. Thanks to all who supported the event. A total of €6,000 was raised for charity on the day.
The CBC boys were delighted when past pupil Donncha O’Callaghan acknowledged their cheering by giving them a big thumbs up sign.
The boys of Fifth and Sixth Class had a most enjoyable trip to Dublin last Saturday. They went to St Michael’s first where they played two games against a St Michael’s side. Next, it was on to the Aviva Stadium to enjoy the Ireland v Argentina match. A splendid time was had by all.
Don’t forget! The CBC Christmas Fair is on next Sunday (25 November).
Reminder from Junior Infants Class
RECENT RUGBY CAMPS were a great success, judging by the reaction of the participants ─ Prep School boys from First Class to Sixth Class and their friends from other schools ─ and the very positive feedback from parents. Two camps are planned for this school year as follows:
October/November Camp: Tuesday 30th October to Thursday 1st November
March Camp: Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th March
TIMES: 10.00am to 2.00pm
The brochure may be downloaded from this site by clicking: “Brochure” and application forms are available from Prep School teachers
The new school year started off this morning when the 2012-13 Junior Infants boys arrived at 9am. Irish Examiner photographer Mr Des Barry was on hand to record this milestone in the lives of the new CBC boys. Keep a lookout for photos in tomorrow’s Examiner! As usual, the Junior Infants were the only pupils in the Prep School, giving them a chance to settle in and to explore before the return of the other classes tomorrow, Tuesday.
Junior Infants teacher Mrs Denise Lowry with some of the new Junior Infants boys who started in the Prep School this morning.
All the boys of Second Class made their First Communion this morning at St Patrick’s Church, Lower Glanmire Road. Many other pupils attended as members of the school choir. Later, the pupils and their families went back to the Prep School Hall for a reception.
The Choir boys take their positions before the commencement of Mass.
First Communion boys assemble before Mass
Meanwhile, back at the School, parents prepare the reception
Some of the mothers (and sister) who provided the reception
First Communion boys enjoy the reception in the School Hall
An interesting account of one of the matches played by the Prep School Bath touring group appears on the Avonvale RFC website, under the heading: ‘Vale fail to light any candles as the Christian Brothers take the trophy home to Cork’. The article reads as follows:
Vale 0 – Christian Brothers 2
“Having seen the Christian Brothers take apart several teams it was a fairly nervous start to our encounter with the Irish team. However whilst the tackling and scrummaging were holding up very well, the problem was at the breakdown.
“Christian Brothers were very adept at counter rucking and were able to constantly recycle the ball, keeping Vale under pressure, which finally resulted in a try.
“In the second half Vale came close to scoring on a few occasions but could not find any way through. One of the Christian Brothers big centres finally powered across Vales tryline late in the game for their second try. A loss but a brave display by Avonvale.”
For a full report on the tournament go to: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/avonvale/m/match-report-10776.html?official=0&fixture_id=667224
At Tuesday’s assembly, the Sixth Class touring group were proud to show off the trophy they won for beating all comers at the Avonvale tournament over last weekend. Pictured below: Mr Dennis Linehan, Ronan Barry (Touring Captain) with tournament shield, Daithi Heffernan (Team Captain) vice captains Tom O’Connor and Paddy Kelleher and Dr Larry Jordan.
Mr Michael Cronin (of John Cronin, Oliver Plunkett St, CBC uniform supplier) made a last minute dash to Cork Airport this morning to deliver a set of touring jerseys to the CBC Prep School team, arriving just before the flight took off for London. The Sixth Class boys designed the special jersey for the Bath Tour, something of a tradition for the last ten years. The artwork went in very late and Mr Cronin performed above and beyond the call of duty by collecting the jerseys from the delivery depot in Little Island at 6am and arriving at the airport just in time. He also took the photo (below) of the class just before take off.
The Bath Tour Jersey 2012
The team pause for photograph just before take off.
The annual Bath Tour has come round again, with this year’s Sixth Class boys flying out to Heathrow Airport, with three Preparatory School teachers and many parents as well, early tomorrow morning.
Dr Larry Jordan presented each of the 25 members of the touring group with rugby gear this afternoon in a specially made McWilliams touring bag. A photograph of the group was also taken, which is reproduced below. We wish the team all the best in their forthcoming games with English teams.
The whole school gathered in the Hall for the presentation of rugby gear.
Dr Jordan makes a presentation
Dr Jordan makes a presentation
Dr Jordan with Captains, Vice-Captains and other members of the travelling group
The Touring Group, including the teachers who will travel: Mr S. Lynch (left) and Ms McAdoo and Mr Linehan (right).
On the second Thursday of each month, Fr Tom Walsh comes to the Preparatory School to say Mass in the Hall. The whole Prep School attends. This Thursday, it was the turn of First Class to do the readings and all the other tasks associated with the celebration of Mass.
The 26 boys of Sixth Class made their confirmation on Saturday last. Scoil Mhuire, St Lukes NS, Scoil Eanna and St Paul’s pupils also made their confirmation at the same ceremony. The choir which was trained by our music teacher Ms Ruth O’Shea, was under the direction of Ms Sonya Keogh that morning and they gave a tremendous performance.
Some of the Third Class boys who formed part of the Choir
Prep School and First Year boys who sang with the Choir
Confirmation boys prepare to have a group photo taken with Bishop Buckley
The boys of the Preparatory School returned after the Christmas break on Tuesday 10 January. By Wednesday, Christmas and 2011 were dim memories with everyone looking forward to the New Year and the new term. As a little reminder of last year, have a look at the following photos.
Christmas Concert 2011 in the Prep School Hall
Christmas Concert in the Prep School Hall
Beauty and the Beast at the Everyman Theatre
The boys enjoy a performance of Beauty and the Beast
Third to Sixth Class will be playing against Cobh Pirates on Saturday next. Third, Fourth and Fifth should be dropped off at 10.00am for a 10.30am kickoff and should be collected at 11.30am. The Sixth Class game takes place immediately afterwards: arrive at 11.00am; kickoff at 11.30am and collection at 12.30pm. Directions to Cobh Pirates rugby grounds can be found by clicking the following link: http://www.cobhpirates.com/directions.html
The Preparatory School reopened after the Summer Holidays on Friday 26 August. The pupils look forward eagerly to the many adventures to come.
A big smile for the reopening of the Prep School after the Summer Holidays
Third and Fourth Class had an extra tour laid on for them this year: a visit to Dublin on Thursday 26 May. They set off on the bus from Wellington Road at the unearthly hour of 7.15am, but the early start was well worth the trouble. They packed three great experiences into their day in Dublin. First of all, they went to the Tutankhamun exhibition which they found very interesting. This was followed by a trip to the Natural History Museum, also known as the ‘dead zoo’, as the exhibits consist of stuffed animals and skeletal remains of animals. They found this experience highly enjoyable as well. Their final stop was Dáil Éireann. They spent some time in the visitors’ gallery where they saw both Gerry Adams and ‘Ming’ Flanagan performing. Prep School past pupil Mr Dara Murphy TD met the boys and took them on a tour of Leinster House and presented each of the boys with a special lapel badge featuring the Cork coat of arms as a souvenir of their visit. Many thanks to Dara for taking time out of his busy schedule to meet the boys and their teachers.
Third Class boys at the Tutankhamun Exhibition
The boys take an interest in a mummy at the Tutankhamun exhibition
Mr Dara Murphy TD outside Dáil Éireann with Third and Fourth Class
This year’s school tour was on Tuesday 24 May. Junior Infants to Second Class went to the Glen Recreation Centre where they had a very enjoyable day of activities, including wall climbing.
The boys of Third to Sixth Class went to the Oysterhaven aquatic centre where more adventurous activities were on offer, including canoeing, boating, rope bridge crossing and other pursuits that involved getting wet and muddy.
Third Class out on the water in Oysterhaven
CBC Prep School boys in Oysterhaven
Trying to get to the other side while staying dry
First Holy Communion Day for this year’s Second Class was on Saturday 21 May. After Mass, the boys and their families returned to the Preparatory School for a little reception organised by the teachers and the Parents Council. Special thanks to the mothers (and fathers?) of First Class who supplied the cakes for the occasion.
The boys of Second Class who made their First Holy Communion
CBC was among a number of Cork schools invited to send a contingent of pupils to the city centre to view the royal visit this afternoon. Nine boys from the Prep School accompanied by about 100 secondary school boys and five teachers walked to the assembly point, Christ Church on the South Main Street, around midday. They were treated to sandwiches, fruit and bottled water before being led to a viewing point at the corner of the Grand Parade and the South Mall. A little later, they were moved to a better vantage point directly opposite the gate of the English Market. From there they had a great view of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh as they entered the Market. After leaving the Market, the royal couple crossed the road and spoke to some of the onlookers. The Prep School boys were delighted that the Queen and the Duke exchanged a few words with them.
Before departing for town
CBC pupils entering Christ Church for a security check and refreshments
The view from the corner of the Grand Parade and South Mall
CBC at a prime viewing spot opposite the Market Gate
The Queen passes by, pausing briefly to talk to Prep School boys
The Duke of Edinburgh asks 'Did you get a half day from school?'
The Prep School boys wait for barriers to be lifted after the royal visit
The annual Sports Day was held at CIT Sports Grounds this year as the Mardyke was not available. A great day was had by all. Sprints, three-legged, egg & spoon and novelty races were run off for all classes from 3rd to 6th. Meanwhile, back at the school, the younger boys had their Sports Day on the Astroturf.
Concentration before the start of the egg and spoon race.
Sack race contestants near the finishing line.
Sixth Class boys pictured immediately after the novelty race.